Archive for October, 2010

The University of Iowa has told the NCAA the school allowed two basketball recruits to meet celebrity Hawkeye fans Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, writes Tom Witosky of the Des Moines Register. That would constitute an NCAA recruiting violation.

The Des Moines Register reports Sunday that the recruits met the married movie stars along with two former Iowa basketball players at an Iowa-Iowa State football game in September.

NCAA rules prohibit recruits from contact with individuals considered to represent a university’s athletic interests.

Senior associate athletic director Mark Abbott says the school reported the matter to the NCAA after an internal investigation. A school spokesman didn’t immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald Leader writes that Arkansas coach John Pelphrey is on the hot seat. The Razorbacks have gone 9-23 in the SEC during two seasons and attendance figures at Bud Walton Arena are dwindling.

“I don’t really think of that,” Pelphrey said at the SEC Media Day on Thursday. “That’s not something that goes into the equation. I believe we are making progress.”

Pelphrey noted the growing number of media outlets and the avenues for fans to voice opinions leads to less patience in rebuilding situations.






Matt Tait (@mctait) of the Lawrence Journal World reports there is no buyout clause in the contract of first-year Kansas coach Turner Gill. The Jayhawks are 2-4 and an 0-2 in conference play, having been outscored 114-14 by Baylor and Texas A&M. That has reportedly already drawn the ire of some circles of KU fans. Even if KU wanted to fire Gill after this season, it would owe the remaining $8M on Gill’s 5-year, $10M contract that was signed by recently resigned athletic director Lew Perkins.


Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News sat down for an extensive 1-on-1 with Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez to talk about job security, his relationship with new athletic director Dave Brandon, Jerry Springer, the Real Housewives of New Jersey and catfights.

Minnesota grad Tony Dungy has endorsed Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman for the position recently vacated by Tim Brewster, writes Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette. Trestman played quarterback for the Gophers and graduated high school in the Minneapolis area.

Alouettes president Larry Smith expected Trestman to fulfill his contract, which is in place for the next two seasons.

“He’s going to be here until the end of 2012. Period,” Alouettes president Larry Smith said last Monday — one day after Trestman’s name surfaced around an opening at the University of Minnesota. “When Marc came here, he was in a state of flux and wanted security. We gave him that security.

“He has got a contract and we expect him to honour it.”’s Andrea Adelson reports that North Texas has fired head coach Todd Dodge. The Mean Green is 1-6 this season and Dodge’s record through 3 ½ years is 6-37. North Texas has named offensive coordinator Mike Canales as interim coach. Adelson notes that a future candidate at North Texas could be current New Mexico coach Mike Locksley, who is on the hot seat himself at New Mexico.


Adam Zuvanich (@ZuviesViews) of the Lubbock Avalanche Journal writes that New Mexico coach Mike Locksley tops his list of coaches on the hot seat, followed by Colorado’s Dan Hawkins, Washington State’s Paul Wulff, and Texas A&M’s Mike Sherman now find themselves on the hot seat.

Zuvanich writes that Locksley and the Lobos are 0-6 and has lost their games by an average of 34 points. This on the heels of getting into an altercation with an assistant coach and being accused of discriminating against a longtime university employee.  All of this in the span of about 12 months.